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Report: Almost Half of City's Schools Overcrowded

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Almost half of the city's public school students are squeezed into overcrowded buildings, where classrooms often spill out into trailers and annexes. That's according to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, which released a report that analyzes public school data. The non-profit also launched a web site so parents can see which schools the group considers "overcrowded." The analysis shows that some of the schools have been over capacity for more than a decade. A Department of Education spokesman says the number of students who are in overcrowded schools has gone down dramatically since 2002, and will continue to decrease under the current capital plan. Later today, the City Council will hold a hearing to look into that plan.

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